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SGO Mistika Used On 'Great Gatsby'

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SGO has revealed how its Mistika system provided Stereo 3D tools and metadata-based stereo workflow for the recent Baz Luhrmann hit, The Great Gatsby.
Production Company Bazmark Film III's VFX Department, headed by VFX Supervisor Chris Godfrey, purchased a Mistika system from SGO's official Australasian partner Mojo Media Solutions.
A second Mistika system supplied by Soundfirm Sydney was used for the sixteen-week finishing period as part of the DI pipeline, designed in tandem by VFX Supervisor / Digital Color Timer Tony Cole and Post Production Supervisor Henry Karjalainen.
Bazmark Film III's VFX Department used Mistika for all the RAW 5K stereo footage being shot in Red Epic-X cameras by DOP Simon Duggan ACS.
All takes were time-synchronised in Mistika and processed through the SGO system operated by VFX Supervisor/Digital Color Timer Tony Cole and VFX Online Editor Justin Tran.
The second Mistika system, supplied by Soundfirm Sydney, was used as a piece of a DI pipeline designed in tandem by VFX Supervisor/Digital Color Timer Tony Cole and Post Production Supervisor Henry Karjalainen.
The DI took place in the Soundfirm DI theatre about 400 meters away from the Bazmark VFX offices. Bazmark installed a high speed data connection between the two buildings to enable the Soundfirm Mistika to access the same media storage that was being used by the Bazmark VFX Department.
The connection enabled Mistika DI and Finishing Operator Nir Shelter to gain direct access to the already existing Mistika metadata, which had been created over the preceding eighteen months by the Bazmark VFX Department.
Stuart Monksfield, CEO of Mojo Media Solutions, said: "The unique capability of Mistika to recursively conform against its own metadata is a huge advantage where editorial changes continue to be made after the DI finishing process has begun. In the case of a stereo project where an EDL is not available for the second eye, the last thing you want to do is spend time eye matching the second eye each time an updated EDL is issued. The DI pipeline Henry Karjalainen designed for this project is a great example of how Mistika’s power and flexibility can help give back time to a project, and in many cases Mistika pays for itself from this point alone."
Nir Shelter was one of the 3D engineers during principle photography aligning and working with the 3D camera rigs onset. He said: "Outside of the 'Stereo Correction' tool one of the most powerful stereo tools Mistika has is the '3D Comp' tool. This was often used in the project's DI for isolating specific regions of the frame which required a different correction to the rest of the frame. Then with the use of the propagation function it was possible to apply identical values to the same parameters on multiple clips from a single take on the one timeline. This was a huge time saver as the clips with the propagated values would just need a quick tweak rather than creating new corrections from scratch."
Post Production Supervisor Henry Karjalainen added: "The Mistika is a great finishing tool. We were certainly left with no surprises after the planning and development stage for The Great Gatsby. Nir really hit the ground running with the Mistika using the 3D RED Epic 5K footage - everything just worked in the most brilliant way. We are all very pleased with the exceptional results.
"The team responsible for The Great Gatsby should be extremely proud of their achievements. The movie looks fantastic and the box office sales reflect the incredible effort everyone put in. I am delighted Mistika and Mojo Media Solutions were able to play some part in that success."
Executive Vice President Feature Post Production at Warner Bros., Marc Solomon said: "SGO has shown that it is a cutting edge, forward thinking company with expansive digital tools and experienced professionals. Their contribution to the post of The Great Gatsby helped us to provide a spectacular looking film."
The Great Gatsby is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel about 1920s American and the fallacy of the American Dream. It was distributed during the summer in 3D and 2D by Warner Bros. Pictures and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan.
Photo - Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan with director Baz Luhrmann on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures drama The Great Gatsby, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Matt Hart.

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